Bradley Smith is striving to improve the rear of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 after concluding the first practice session at Losail ahead of Sunday's opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.

Smith was 13th fastest, setting his best time in 1m 56.428s as he completed 20 laps of the desert track, more than any other rider in FP1 on Thursday.

"We still need to work more with the rear of the Yamaha to make it easier for me to ride, as the bike is a bit nervous at the moment," said Smith.

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"In any case, it's nice to ride and just get a general feeling of the track as it's a quite tricky one and I'm already looking forward to the next two sessions tomorrow.

"It's good to get the first practice underway and be back riding again. The difference you feel when you are actually racing for real where it means something is amazing and you don't get that sensation when testing."

Smith expects to improve significantly during FP2 and FP3 on Friday as the grip level increases at Losail, offering a better chance to gain a more beneficial setting with the Yamaha.

"I think the track conditions today were a bit tricky and not ideal for the setting which we have in place at the moment," he said.

"However, I know we will improve tomorrow when the grip level increases. My lap times were good and I actually rode a better time on the ideal laps, where I was more than three tenths faster than my final result which would have placed me well inside the top ten."